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The 7 Best Movies New to Netflix in October 2021

The highlights of Netflix's October release slate include "Malcolm X," "Titanic," "Step Brothers," and "Gladiator."

GLADIATOR, Russell Crowe, 2000. ©DreamWorks/courtesy Everett Collection

Russell Crowe in “Gladiator”

©DreamWorks/Courtesy Everett Collection

There’s a lot of decent stuff hitting Netflix in October: “Leon: The Professional,” “As Good as It Gets,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “Ghost.” But “decent” doesn’t cut it with IndieWire. There are also some outstanding titles coming to the service this month, and those are the ones we’re highlighting below.

That is, if you’re not spending all your time in these early days of fall now binging on “Seinfeld.” Yes, the nine-season New York City wonder hits Netflix today, via one of those nine-figure deals that make us imagine just how mad its home network NBC must be to not have “the show about nothing” on Peacock. Netflix acquired the five-year streaming rights for more than the $500 million pricetag NBC Universal paid to stream “The Office.”

It’s hard to imagine how Netflix won’t get its money’s worth from whatever eye-popping deal they made, though. And it’ll be fascinating to see if the popularity of “Seinfeld,” once the king of all TV comedy, can again exceed the cultural clout of “Friends,” “Frasier,” and “The Office” — all shows that have had their stature amplified and their reach extended to new generations of viewers, because of their years on Netflix. (To the point that “Frasier” is now getting a continuation at Paramount+, and “Friends” had an ill-advised reunion special on HBO Max earlier this year.)

But we are here to talk cinema, not TV, even if it’s cinema that’s on your TV. And there are plenty of great movies coming to Netflix this month that deserve your attention once you’ve OD’d on Soup Nazis and puffy shirts.

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